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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposes Workers' Ownership Act

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced a bill Tuesday to the U.S. House of Representatives that would prohibit corporations from selling shares with voting rights to non-employees, and limit the number of voting shares any one employee could hold. "The current system is one in which workers have been exploited by greedy investors," Ocasio-Cortez said. "This bill will restore workers' autonomy over their own labor."

Decoupling from China means decoupling from opportunities, the future: FM

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Decoupling from China means decoupling from opportunities and the future, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday.

Wang made the remarks in response to questions about China-US relationship at a press conference on the sidelines of the country's annual legislative session.

Regarding claims of decoupling the China-US economies by some individuals as "wishful thinking," Wang said "decoupling from China would mean decoupling from opportunities, from the future and in a sense, even from the world."

Wang said cooperation and frictions have always existed alongside each other in the China-US relations, but cooperation has always outweighed frictions.

"We still have a positive outlook on China-US relations. The two countries will not, and should not descend into confrontation," Wang said.

"Returning to the outdated Cold War thinking goes against the present-day trend, has no future and will be unpopular," he said.

Wang said the interests of the two countries have been inseparable, citing figures on bilateral trade, investment and personnel exchanges last year.

Bilateral trade surpassed 630 billion US dollars last year, cumulative bilateral investment exceeded 240 billion dollars, while more than five million trips were made between the two countries in 2018, according to Wang.

Cooperation remains the mainstream of China-US ties, which the leaders of both countries agree on and is supported by people from all walks of life in the two countries, he said.

Wang noted that the ongoing economic and trade consultations have made substantial progress, to the applause of both sides and the international community.

"It shows as long as the two sides stick to mutual respect and equal consultations, solutions to any difficult problems facing the two countries and acceptable to both sides can be found," he said.

DHS whistleblower: US Govt maintains a list of problematic independent journalists and attorneys

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-DHS whistleblower leaked documents including a database of journalists deemed persons of interests to the US government.

-Comment from the DHS leaker: "We are a criminal investigation agency, we're not an intelligence agency. We can't create dossiers on people and they're crating dossiers. This is an abuse of the Border Search Authority"

-When asked for a statement on these activities, "[Customs and Border Patrol] said journalists are being tracked so that the agency can learn more about what started that violence." (referring to the violence that followed the closure of the border at San Diego).

-US border agents conducted warrantless searches of the journalists' electronic devices.

-Journalists on the list had alerts placed on their passports and were denied entry into Mexico.

-Journalists on the list complained they were detained and faced repeated interrogations by US border security, during which they were asked threatening questions about where they receive funding and whether they rent their home.

-The list contains detailed information regarding each journalists, including the vehicle they drive, names of family members, and work and travel history.

-The journalists on the list all worked for small, independent news outlets.

-Comment from the DHS leaker: "We are a criminal investigation agency, we're not an intelligence agency. We can't create dossiers on people and they're crating dossiers. This is an abuse of the Border Search Authority"


CBP full statement:
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Donald Trump's shocking, shameful about-face on Otto Warmbier

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> When Otto Warmbier was returned to the United States in 2017 and died shortly afterward, President Donald Trump condemned the North Korean regime for the imprisonment and suspected torture of the college student who was arrested in 2015 for alleged spying.

> Fast forward to Thursday in Hanoi, when, at a summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Trump said this of Warmbier and North Korea: "He tells me that he didn't know about it and I will take him at his word." Trump added that Kim "felt badly about it. He felt very badly."

Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with Trump?
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Former Fox News chief ousted from Trump White House as scandals explode

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Bill Shine, Trump's sixth communications director in just over two years and the disgraced former co-president of Fox News, resigned on Friday from his White House position.

"Serving President Trump and this country has been the most rewarding experience of my entire life," Shine said in a statement. He will be working for Trump's re-election campaign as an adviser.

Shine's ouster comes as numerous Trump scandals are rising in the public consciousness, some of them directly involving Shine. During his tenure, Shine was unable to do anything to improve Trump's popularity, which has never risen above 45 percent, while his unfavorable rating has held at 54 percent.

Trump reportedly blamed Shine for the overwhelmingly negative public reaction to his decision to shut down the federal government over his racist border wall.

The New York Times reported that during the shutdown, Trump repeatedly asked people "whether Mr. Shine has been 'good' for him." Trump also belittled a meaningless photo-op at the border that had been arranged by Shine, blaming the propaganda moment on "these people behind you" as he pointed to Shine and other aides while speaking to the Times.

During Shine's tenure at Fox News, he presided over the massive cover-up of sexual abuse by network founder Roger Ailes.

Despite his work covering up abuse — or perhaps because of it — Trump went ahead and hired Shine. Trump himself is an admitted sexual assailant.

Shine was recommended by Fox News host Sean Hannity, a fan of Trump's and one of his most high-profile propagandists, who functions as a shadow chief of staff for the White House. For years, Shine was a producer on Hannity's show.
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Trump called Apple’s CEO ‘Tim AIDS’ by mistake

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The president has to remember a lot of names! Some he remembers, some he forgets. But we will never forget today in the Year of Our Lord 2019 when President Trump called Apple CEO Tim Cook “Tim AIDS.”
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Amnesty International’s Antisemitic Campaign against Jewish Tourism

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On January 30, 2019, Amnesty International published “The Tourism Industry and Israeli Settlements,” a report alleging that “the Israeli government has political and ideological reasons for developing a tourism industry in occupied East Jerusalem and Area C of the West Bank.” According to Amnesty, “Israel has constructed many of its settlements close to archaeological sites … [as] part of an active campaign to normalize and legitimize Israel’s increasing control of the OPT.”

In this publication and the broader campaign, which is also designed to bolster the expected UN BDS blacklist, Amnesty denies Jewish connections to historical sites – including in the Old City of Jerusalem – and in essence faults Israel for preserving Jewish historical and cultural heritage, as well as places that are holy to Christians.

Hokkaido police searching for naked man in glasses who groped woman in sub-zero weather

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Lack of common decency and common sense lead to unusual attack in Sapporo.

Spring is finally here in the Tokyo area. The days are getting longer and it’s only a few weeks until the cherry blossoms start to bloom.

It’s a different story, though, up in Sapporo, the capital of northern Hokkaido prefecture, which held its annual snow festival not long ago. In Sapporo, it’s still very much winter-coat weather, except for the naked man who decided to roam the streets of the city’s Higashi Ward in the early hours of last Friday.

Well, whether he was naked or not is slightly debatable, since he was at least wearing a pair of frameless glasses. His lack of any other attire though still qualify as public indecency, though, and the fact that he chose to walk around nude at roughly 1 a.m., when the outside temperature was a below-freezing -2.9 degrees Celsius (26.8 degrees Fahrenheit) qualifies as a severe breach of anything resembling common sense.

Unfortunately, this man was out for less stoic or admirable purposes than the naked man who was trying to train his body and spirit in Gifu Prefecture a few days prior. The Sapporo man instead was out for perverted thrills, as he accosted a woman in her 20s who was walking home, touching her thighs and breasts before she was able to fend off the attack, injuring her fingers as her press-on nails were peeled off as she resisted.

Police are now looking for the man, who is said to be in his 40s or 50s. Reports list his height as approximately 170 centimeters (66.9 inches), with no mention of his other physical measurables, perhaps because of the influence of the cold weather.
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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Set for Final Season

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s ninth and final season will feature the return of Patton Oswalt and Weird Al Yankovic, as well as the series’ 200th episode.

Oswalt’s Quibble Pants character and Weird Al’s Cheese Sandwich character will be back in Equestria later on in the 26-episode season, which will kick off on Discovery Family on April 6, at 11:30 a.m. The new episodes of the series will also stream live and on-demand on Discovery Family GO, the network’s TV Everywhere app.

Produced by Allspark Animation, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic will celebrate its 200th episode this spring. Leading up to the milestone, Discovery Family will celebrate all things My Little Pony with a weeklong “Pony Palooza” marathon. It will feature Equestria Girls specials and the premiere of Equestria Girls: Spring Breakdown in addition to a selection of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episodes that will lead up to the series’ two-part, back-to-back season premiere.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, inspired by the Hasbro toyline, launched on Discovery Family in 2010. It follows Princess Twilight Sparkle, her dragon assistant Spike and her pony friends in the enchanted land of Equestria, where they learn about the magic of friendship.
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Should Texas be included as a swing state?

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Should Texas be included as a swing state?

Minorities are a growing share of the population in Texas. We were told years ago that Texas could flip from the red state column to the blue states as soon as 2020. Now we hear it might be a bit later. But the trend is strong and irreversible. It's GOING to happen! Of course, on the way to becoming a blue state, Texas will become a purple state!

Maybe 2020 is too soon to declare Texas a swing state, but maybe not.

This is The Sum of All Fears for Republicans. If Texas goes blue, there might never be another Republican president EVER.